Change the boot order in the BIOS to hard disk first.
Remember that so when you need to go back.
i just bought a sony dru 710a dvd RW DL for my dell 3000 and i have this problem of the computer not being able to boot whenever there is a cd or dvd in that drive. When the boot reaches the intial black win xp home loading screen, nothing happens besides the blue status bar keeps on moving.
i emailed sony about the problem and they told me to just not leave disks in the drive when booting. i've left discs in the drives in the past, so this struck me as weird.
does anyone have any suggestions?